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Homophobic Neighbor Burns Lesbians’ Home Down On Their Anniversary

tennessee, american national property and casualty, gay news, gay blog, hate crime, arson
Demand justice for Carol Anne and Laura Stutte

Oh my God. Carol Anne and Laura Stutte, a lesbian couple living in Tennessee are living out many of our worst nightmares. The two faced relentless harassment from a homophobic neighbor who made allusions to killing the two women and outright threatened to burn their house down before going ahead and actually doing it.

While the happy couple was celebrating their anniversary out of town, someone burned their house to the ground and spray painted the word “QUEERS” on their garage, the only building left standing on their property. Local police have refused to charge the neighbor who all but admitted to being responsible for the act with any crime, and officials have not even ruled the case as arson despite eyewitness reports that someone blew up their house.

Further complicating matters, their insurance company has refused to pay the lesbian couple any money for their loss, despite the fact that the two were well insured. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

A video released by Change.org reports:

Returning from Nashville, where Carol Anne and Laura celebrated their anniversary, they found a pile of rubble where there dream home once stood.

Despite numerous police reports documenting a neighbor that threatened to burn down their home, and who repeatedly told them, “the only thing better than one dead queer is two dead queers,” no arrests have been made.

The Stutte home had no gas service and was all electric. Even with witness reports of two explosions and a fireball that could be seen above the treeline, that all water hoses on the property had been cut, and that “QUEER” had been painted on their garage, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI have yet to rule the fire as an arson.

What is even more disturbing is that the Stutte’s insurance company, American National Property and Casualty, has yet to pay a dime to the Stutte family even though they had purchased coverage to provide them habitation and living expenses in the case of such a loss.

Help the Stutte family. Don’t do business with American National property and Casualty, which is headquartered in Springfield, MO.

We seriously choked up watching this video. The line about God hating fags, the first image of the destruction after seeing so many idyllic photos of their beautiful home, the frustration at the obvious homophobia these women are facing from neighbors and police – it’s all just too much. This is absolutely heartbreaking.

Please, please, one thousand times please, join us in signing the petition below demanding that American National Property and Casualty fulfill their contractual obligation to pay these women their insurance money. Please share this information with your friends and ask them to join us in spreading this story. It’s honestly the least we can all do here.

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We’re disgusted, confused, and in disbelief. How could this happen? Why is something like this happening in our country? How could someone hate these women so much? We’re shocked.
***Update. Their insurance company has payed the Stutte family $610 for their immense loss. This figure is insulting.